Honour Madiba’s legacy by embracing lifelong learning

Head of ACCA SA, Nadine Kater urges young South Africans to honour Madiba’s legacy by committing themselves to lifelong learning as this will empower them to make a greater and more positive impact in the world.

It is with great sadness that we learnt late last Thursday of the passing of the Father of our Nation, Nelson Mandela. A global icon, Madiba will be greatly missed by millions of South Africans, and millions of people worldwide. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders that the world has ever seen.

Madiba was a great source of inspiration in my personal life. His moral authority, his integrity, his commitment to justice and reconciliation, his desire to create a better South Africa for all, and a better world for all, has impacted on me greatly as a parent, a South African, a global citizen and as a leader.

As a former high school teacher, and someone, who has spent most of her life in education or facilitating skills development in one format or another, Madiba’s passion for education and its capacity to emancipate, and empower individuals is something that has always resonated with me and inspired me to try to do more.

Those, who have heard me speak in public fora, have often heard me cite the following Madiba quote: “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

I would like to encourage ACCA members, ACCA students and young South Africans to honour Madiba’s legacy by committing to lifelong learning. By taking the harder road and the road less travelled, you will be able to create a better South Africa and a better world. You will be able to empower others, and create much needed opportunities.

It is apt to conclude with another Madiba quote: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Head of ACCA SA
Nadine Kater

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